US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

US to boost military presence in Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

President Barack Obama is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The troops will train and advise Iraqi forces as planning for the Mosul operation ramps up, officials said. Though the precise number of troops was not immediately disclosed, […]

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

  Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State (IS) group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based […]

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

New clashes broke out between Kurdish forces and the Syrian army in the city of Hasakeh overnight Monday, threatening to heat up yet another front in Syria’s intractable multi-sided war. The fresh violence came days after Syrian war planes bombed in and around the Kurdish stronghold of Hasakeh for the first time on Thursday, forcing […]

British Conservative party braces itself for tense leadership battle

British Conservative party braces itself for tense leadership battle

Britain could have a new prime minister by early September, the ruling Conservative Party said on Monday, after David Cameron started laying the groundwork for his successor to trigger the country’s exit from the European Union. The government is under pressure to fill a vacuum left when Cameronannounced he would resign by October after Britain […]

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet saw France qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2016 after overcoming stiff resistance from tournament debutants Albania in Marseille. Follow the game as it happened on our liveblog.